Floridians among the cheapest tippers in the U.S., data shows
Don't forget to tip, seriously.
By the numbers: With an average tip of 18.3%, Florida ranked 48th out of 50 states when it came to the average tipping percentage in the last quarter of 2022, according to data from Toast.
St. Pete activists keep banned books stocked
Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" will no longer be on Pinellas County school shelves, but it's popping up on library shelves around St. Pete.
What's happening: Literacy advocates and St. Pete residents are stocking the book and others challenged by the state with hopes to keep the stories accessible for students.
Tampa's Synapse Summit boosts Florida tech startups
Thousands of tech innovators and entrepreneurs connected at Tampa's Synapse Summit last week, and a few Florida startups walked away with some big investments.
The big picture: As Chat GPT and generative AI drive much of the news cycle, artificial intelligence was also the center of much of the conversation at the tech conference last Tuesday.
Florida Supreme Court to consider recreational marijuana amendment
A voter-backed amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida is a step closer to being on our 2024 ballot.
Driving the news: Late last week, Smart and Safe Florida, the political committee behind the amendment, submitted 294,046 valid petition signatures to the state's Division of Elections.
Investors take the bait at Tampa Tank pitch competition
Florida startups dipped their toes into the "Shark Tank" waters over the weekend.
Driving the news: Five businesses from across the state competed in a Tampa Tank pitch competition, vying to wow investors at the Disrupt the Bay conference and potentially raise money.
University of South Florida tennis teams to train with VR technology
How about a tennis match in the metaverse?
What's happening: The University of South Florida men's and women's tennis teams have partnered with sports virtual reality company Sense Arena to use VR tools to supplement IRL training.
Making the deal with Progressive Dental's Bart Knellinger
Bart Knellinger's business began as a simple favor. What started as trying to help his dad, a dentist, advertise his new surgical laser services in the early 2000s turned into a multi-million dollar dental marketing firm.
Fast forward: His Clearwater-based company, Progressive Dental, is projected to reach $70 million in revenue this year.
St. Pete women's mental health company LunaJoy closes big seed round
Sisters-in-law Sipra Laddha and Shama Rathi understood the challenges of America's mental health system as psychiatrists.
- But after both having children and experiencing postpartum depression, they realized that to fill some of women's biggest health care gaps, they needed to get into tech.
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